Vindication or travesty ? Operation Storm’s Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac acquitted

Greater Surbiton, 19.11.2012.

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‘The largest single ethnic-cleansing operation of the Yugoslav wars’ – such was the soundbite that was linked to Operation Storm (Operacija Oluja), from soon after the successful Croatian military operation was waged back in August 1995. That atrocities were carried out by Croatian soldiers and civilians during and after the operation has never credibly been disputed. But the attempt to paint Oluja as an ethnic-cleansing operation – indeed as an ethnic-cleansing operation larger in scale than the Serbian assaults on Croatia and Bosnia in 1991-1992 – has always been rightly contested. Yesterday’s acquittal by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of Croatian commanders Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac for crimes against Serb civilians between July and September 1995, above all during ‘Operation Storm’, leaves the victims without justice, but represents a defeat for long-running attempts in the West to redistribute guilt from the aggressors to the victims.

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R2P Monitor, November 15, 2012

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The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity.

The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect publishes a bimonthly bulletin - R2P monitor.

Read issue 6, published on November 15, 2012, here.

What is the foreign policy agenda for the next four years?

Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy

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Is it too early to talk about the foreign policy and national security agenda that will face the next president? No matter who wins on November 6, the feature that is going to dominate U.S. national security planning over the next four years is constraint. Even if we avoid going off the sequestration cliff, there is going to be considerable pressure on the defense budget. Forget all those promises that Romney made about ramping up defense spending, expanding the Navy, etc. If he does beat Obama and has to face reality (as opposed to his Etch-a-Sketch approach to campaigning) he'll figure out that budget math is real and unforgiving. And given the budget picture these days, that means limits.

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On Occasion of the US Presidential Election - support for Obama

Belgrade, November 6, 2012

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The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS), as an atheistic, socio-liberal think-tank advocating uncompromising respect for individual human rights hopes that the Presidential Elections in the United States will bring victory for the current President Barack Obama.

Additionally, President Obama announced in April 2012 the creation of a high-level interagency Atrocities Prevention Board (APB), a key component of US foreign policy and government strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocity crimes and genocide. The International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, which CEAS became a member of in September this year, welcomed this landmark initiative to strengthen US capacity for the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities. With these developments, the US government is actualizing its commitment to the Responsibility to Protect norm.

Rights and Responsibility

Kenneth Roth, Foreign Policy, November 5, 2012

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How might tomorrow's presidential election affect U.S. policy on human rights? The common wisdom is that unlike their sharp divergences on domestic policy, there isn't much difference between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on foreign policy. That is only partly true.

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